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Shackleton

4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success." -Ernest Shackleton

The 27 men who joined his expedition found that Ernest Shackleton was true to his word. They had drifted with the pack ice of the Weddell Sea for ten months, their ship - the Endurance - had sunk, and they were castaways in one of the most hostile environments on earth, hundreds of miles from land. And so, with his dream of becoming the first man to cross Antarctica long abandoned, Shackleton set his mind to a far greater challenge: bringing his crew safely home.

Based on the detailed diaries and first-person accounts of expedition members, SHACKLETON tells the true story of their extraordinary ordeal, and the death-defying, 800-mile journey in an open boat across the world's worst seas that made their rescue possible. Written and directed by Charles Sturridge (Longitude, Brideshead Revisited), SHACKLETON stars Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Hamlet) as the legendary explorer.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088EDNMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A.Bennett VINE VOICE on February 7, 2013
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This is actually about the fourth or fifth Shackleton movie I have bought as a gift. I loved this movie and so have given it as a gift and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Kennett Branagh captures the spirit of Ernest Shackleton, the difficulties he encountered and the tremendous leadership abilities he displayed in taking care of his crew during extreme circumstances and weather. The rest of the cast in this movie are also very good, I really like this particular version of the Shackleton Journey the best and would highly recommend it. I don't usually watch movies several times, but this one I did and I do!
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I gave this DVD to my sister as she had never heard of Ernest Shackleton. This is one of the most incredible true stories of a man who achieved the impossible through sheer determination. I would make this film required viewing for all teenagers. Brilliant story of incredible bravery and loyalty.
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In the four-part BBC miniseries entitled SHACKLETON, Sir Ernest's 1914-15 return to the Antarctic following an unsuccessful first run at the South Pole is skillfully recreated. His plans to sled from one end of the frozen continent to the other are again abandoned when crew and ship Endeavor become impossibly trapped in floe ice.

After camping beside their stranded vessel and watching it sink, the contingent must drag three small boats a great distance in dreadful weather, then row 800 miles to Elephant Island. Shackleton and a select few navigate one of these to South Georgia while the others hunker down.

A fascinating story of survival under the harshest of conditions is brought to life by an excellent cast. Highly recommended.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(7.7) Shackleton (UK-2002) - Kenneth Branagh/Phoebe Nicholls/Matt Day/Ken Drury/Eve Best/Corin Redgrave
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Kenneth Branagh brings his customary swagger to this portrayal of the British adventurer Ernest Shackleton, together with a first-class supporting cast. Perfectly arrayed in Edwardian period costumes and sets, the story starts with the Antarctic veteran and lecturer learning that Roald Amundson has become the first person to reach the South Pole. He decides to one-up the Norwegian with the first trans-Antarctic expedition. The film follows Shackleton as he raises money, selects a crew, and carries on a love affair that his wife discovers. But he soon leaves both wife and paramour for his irresistible compulsion to prove himself and conquer the unknown.

Shackleton and his men travel to Argentina and thence to Antarctica via the aptly-named sailing ship Endurance. It becomes trapped in the ice of the Weddell Sea for nearly a year before it is crushed. The men recover what they can before the ship goes down, then camp on the drifting floes for months while killing their dogs for food. They finally set off on foot, pulling lifeboats and supplies through ghastly weather until the ice starts to break up. After five days at sea, they reach Elephant Island, but it is far from shipping lanes. The groups' chances of discovery or rescue are extremely slim.

Their leader determines that they must save themselves by attempting an incredibly risky 800-mile open-sea crossing to South Georgia Island. After two weeks of fierce storms, they make the island by dint of exceptional navigation, but even then, their survival depends on trudging across its mountains to find a whaling station.
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shackleton's voyage should be read and watched by everyone. such an inspiring true story. Since I've read the book, I can clearly say that the movie is not as good as the book, ofcourse. But I wanted my husband to get the idea of Shacketon without reading the book. I was filling the blank for him throughout the movie.

nice and long movie. the first part may be little boring to some people but still it is a character build-up part. the real excitement is in the second part. good acting and actors throughout the movie. main actor is superb. I am glad I've bought the movie. It should stay in my library.

I really wish movie makers and directors work on another Shackleton project with today's technology, sound and visual effects, new cast members,etc. There are many stories within this voyage adventure and it can be as good as 1997 Titanic movie.
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Nicely done, good acting, good casting, good research. Does not shy much away from the horrors of the adventure and its repercussions for all (except by softening the fate of Mrs. Chippy and Chippy's response to it), and is an effective biopic.
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If there's ANY leader more compelling than Shackleton, they're hard to find - especially when you're in a loose loose situation. This cast went through nearly the same level of fears while they recreated one of the most unbelievable stories ever lived and here it is! If you haven't met Shackleton, this will show you why he's now become a benchmark on how to handle the biggest crisis with a strong fist and a caring heart. The guy won't be canonized anytime soon, but with this jaw dropping story well created, you'd want him on your team even with his human frailities.
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